Partner of the Year
To be eligible, an employer must have partnered with the Saskatoon Open Door Society ion promoting and implementing COVID-19 response initiatives. For example, they have partnered with SODS on information sessions, mock interviews, job shadowing, volunteer opportunities, work placements, experiential field trips, or participated in the WEconnect Job Fair.
In recognition of a business or organization that has found ways to retain recent immigrant* employees in a changing workplace throughout the pandemic and beyond. Examples can include reskilling and upskilling staff to keep them employed, adjusting company procedures, incorporating flexible work arrangements, forming a Covid-19 advisory committee, delivering workshops to better equip staff for online service delivery etc.
Newcomer Youth Recruitment
In recognition of a business or an organization that has focused on the employment of immigrant youth (aged 14-29 years), as one of the demographic groups most impacted by the pandemic.
In recognition of a newcomer entrepreneur who started operating before or during the pandemic and was able to adapt to the changes and continue business during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Employer of Choice Award
In recognition of a business or organization that has made a difference during the pandemic, and worked hard to make a positive impact on employees, newcomers and community at large.
Workplace Diversity, Inclusion and Leadership Award
In recognition of a business or an organization that has demonstrated leadership in creating and promoting diversity and inclusion to improve the workplace culture and environment for its employees, and to better their services to their customers.
Diversity is the range of visible and non-visible qualities, experiences, and identities that shape who we are, how we think, and how we engage with and are perceived by the world. These can be along the dimensions of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, age, physical or mental disabilities, religious/spiritual beliefs, or political ideologies. They can also include differences such as personality, style, capabilities, thoughts and perspectives.
Inclusion is recognizing, welcoming and making space for diversity. An inclusive organization capitalizes on the diversity of ideas, experiences, skills and talents of all employees.
* The term immigrant refers to recent and established newcomers whose education and work experience was mainly obtained outside of Canada.